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Northern Regional Jail Achieves Full Accreditation in Graphic Arts Education

August 26, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The WVDE at the Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility received full accreditation in July for its graphic arts and print education program. The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) performed an accreditation audit where the curriculum and procedures were evaluated against a stringent set of standards. Full accreditation was granted to the program.  

“Students who participate in these programs are being educated and trained to find gainful employment,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “I applaud the program at the Northern Regional Jail and Correctional Facility for obtaining this high-caliber status. Providing inmates with vocational skills has been shown to reduce recidivism, save the taxpayers money and contribute to public safety.”  

Participants who complete the program will receive certification from GAERF in Introduction to Graphic Communications, Press Operations, Binding and Finishing and Digital File Preparation.  

All career and technical education programs with the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Office of Institutional Education Programs are working toward having the ability to provide students with credentials, which employers and/or educational organizations recognize.  

There are only three other printing programs in West Virginia that are accredited by GAERF. The accreditation will be up for review in three years.

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